Today we’d like to introduce you to Meredith Ryness.
Hi Meredith, thanks for sharing your story with us. To start, maybe you can tell our readers some of your backstory.
I was always a fairly tidy person and loved going through my things to see what I could pare down. Once my husband and I moved to Manhattan, my tidiness was put to the test! I had to get very creative in our small living space and once kids came along (we have 3!) it became even more challenging. I found myself constantly struggling to keep our apartment in shape.
In 2015, I read Marie Kondo’s bestseller, The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up, and it resonated with me so deeply. Her thorough approach made so much sense to me and gave me the permission I was looking for to discard things that were weighing me down. Once I completed my own decluttering, I felt so much freedom and clarity. We actually ended up selling the majority of our things, shipping a few sentimental items and packing up an RV to take a six months road trip as we relocated from New York to Los Angeles. It was an experience of a lifetime and I don’t think I would have had the ability to do it without first getting our home and life in order.
Once we settled back in LA (we are California natives), I was looking for a way to use my skills while my kids were at school. I started working as a personal assistant and naturally fell into doing tons of organizing. I found out that I could train to become an official KonMari Consultant and start my own business. I did the intensive training with Marie and her team, did practice hours, took a written test and completed an interview to get certified in 2018. I started Tidy LA in 2019 and have been working ever since!
2020 obviously threw a wrench in my in-person sessions but I was able to pivot to supporting clients virtually and found a lot of satisfaction there. 2022 is shaping up to be my most busy year yet as so many of us are now working from home permanently. When we see the impact that our environment has on our overall well-being, it is motivating to get our space in order and keep it that way.
Alright, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
It has been a bumpy road navigating business ownership, motherhood and more recently, a global pandemic.
I can definitely struggle with balancing the different roles I have in my work and home life. I struggle to know when it’s time to outsource different parts of my business. When something is so important to you, it’s hard to trust other people to do the work.
Another struggle with freelance work is stabilizing my income as my business ebbs and flows with the market, the seasons and health regulations. It’s hard to know what was is a normal market fluctuation and what is cause for a change in my business practices. I try to check in with mentors and others in my line of work to check my thinking and hear about their experiences.
Solo business ownership can be a lonely road and it’s easy to get stuck in your own head.
Great, so let’s talk business. Can you tell our readers more about what you do and what you think sets you apart from others?
Tidy LA is a professional organizing service provider. I specialize in decluttering and organizing using the KonMari Method, which is based on Marie Kondo’s “The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up.” I offer clients non-judgmental support for their tidying journey and hopefully a little humor and levity along the way. Tidying can be emotional and taxing. I strive to make it safe, fun and accessible. While I generally work in people’s homes, I also offer services for offices and larger scale environments such as schools and corporate spaces. I have worked with people for as little as one afternoon or for as long as over a year! I’m really open to supporting my clients with whatever they need along their journey. I believe in this work so much and have seen the “magic” of tidying firsthand. People finding peace, freedom and joy in their environment (and beyond) is always my ultimate goal.
If we knew you growing up, how would we have described you?
I was a studious (and fairly tidy) child who also loved to sing and dance. The number one comment from teachers over the years was that I was “conscientious” and I think I still see that in myself today. I grew up performing and still love to make people laugh whenever I can. I also find an outlet making silly Instagram videos about organizing! It’s the best of all worlds.
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- Website: www.tidyla.com
- Instagram: @tidyla
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Jess Koehler Meredith Ryness